About Jonathan Tuckey Design Jonathan Tuckey Design is one of the UK's leading advocates for remodelling and radically transforming old buildings for modern uses. The practice does this in ways that reveal what buildings from different eras mean to us today. With an office in London and Andermatt, Switzerland, Jonathan Tuckey Design has worked on commercial and residential projects within Europe, the United States of America as well as South America.
Based in London, a city of historical context with modern needs and demands, Jonathan Tuckey Design enthusiastically embraces an architecture of change, for example, by juxtaposing contemporary elements with original features of existing buildings to create exciting and dynamic new uses. Working with existing buildings is also gratifying to Jonathan Tuckey Design’s clients who share the studio’s fondness for materials, craftsmanship and proportion as well as the soulfulness and idiosyncrasies of historic architecture. For this reason, the practice set up Building on the Built, a programme of exhibitions and talks that explores unfamiliar architectural responses to existing structures. For more information, please visit www.buildingonthebuilt.org.
From concept through to completion, varied experience allows the studio to approach projects across a range of sectors, with core competencies in residential and civic fields. The design team has also specialist experience in the challenges of working with listed buildings and within conservation areas.
- Jonathan Tuckey - Director
Jonathan founded his design practice in 2000 having previously worked for David Chipperfield Architects and Fletcher Priest Architects.
Having originally studied Anthropology, the varying ways spaces and places can be reused and remodelled has been a constant area of interest for Jonathan’s design practice and a recurring theme during his extensive teaching experience.
Jonathan studied under and taught alongside Fred Scott and has long been one of the UK’s leading advocates for remodelling and radically transforming old buildings for modern uses.
- Ryuta Hirayama - MArch, ARB - Associate
Ryuta joined Jonathan Tuckey Design as a project architect in 2009. He studied both fine art and architecture and completed a Masters in Architecture at Westminster University.
Since joining the office, Ryuta has worked on a variety of projects at different scales including the MALIN + GOETZ shop in Covent Garden and has brought a strong sense for precision and detail to each one.
- Nic Howett - ARB, RIBA - Associate
Nic is an Architect with over 6 years experience in UK practice; his education has a particular focus on designing through making. An enthusiasm for materials and atmosphere has informed his work at Jonathan Tuckey Design where Nic works closely with models and prototypes to test the precision of onsite details.
For Jonathan Tuckey Design, Nic has worked on a variety of projects at different scales; he was the project architect for the Wilberforce School Annex, Frame House in Holland Park and Ironmongers in Hackney.
Nic has been an invited critic at the Arts University Bournemouth and recently taught a Diploma Unit at Birmingham City University.
- Elena Aleksandrov - Prof Dip Arch
Elena holds a Master in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano University. After working for architects in Italy and Portugal, Elena joined Jonathan Tuckey Design in 2017. She has a passion for remodelling existing buildings in historical contexts and a keen interest in the interpretation of vernaculars in modern architecture.
- Matthew Farrer - ARB
Matthew first joined Jonathan Tuckey Design in 2010 after his undergraduate degree and returned following his masters in 2013. Matthew has drawn on his strong interest in the relationship between architecture, society and the vernacular while collaborating on the Rothaus and Halbhaus projects and in 2015 was the project lead for the Southbank Centre Archive Studio within the Grade I listed interior of the Royal Festival Hall.
- Catarina Kohut - ARB
Catarina has a Masters in Architecture from the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa in Portugal. After working for architects in Slovenia and Sweden, Catarina joined Jonathan Tuckey Design in 2013 and has collaborated on many projects including the King’s Cross Gasholders project.
- James Moore - AA Dip Cons
James graduated with a MArch from the University of Bath. After working in Asia he returned to the UK to study Building Conservation at the Architectural Association. Here he pursued his interest in working with existing buildings, whilst also working on a new whiskey distillery in the Scottish Highlands in the grounds of a Grade I listed castle.
- Rob Leechmere - Prof Dip Arch
Rob completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Liverpool and joined Jonathan Tuckey Design in 2016 after completing his Diploma at the CASS School of Architecture. His work focuses mainly on the interpretation of traditional vernaculars in a modern context. He has a keen interest in the Amsterdam school and brick expressionism.
- Fraser Biggins - BA (Hons)
Fraser started working for JTD in 2015 after graduating with a Bachelor in Architecture from Northumbria University. Fraser has a passion for craft and materials and in addition to architecture he also enjoys exploring fine arts such as silver smithery.
- Karolina Banasik - BA (Hons)
Karolina joined Jonathan Tuckey Design after graduating with a Bachelor in Architecture from London Metropolitan University in 2017. She is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and its broadly defined context. While designing, Karolina focuses on the users’ experience. Her dissertation took on a subject of revitalisation of disused post-mining sites and buildings.
- Ross Langtree - BA (Hons)
Ross joined JTD after graduating with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He has an interest in sustainability and the role inventive reuse of buildings plays. Ross enjoys the process of design through model making and empathy of construction methods.
- Leo Sixsmith - BA (Hons)
Leo joined JTD after graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2017. He takes an interest in the unconventional application of materials in construction and in meanwhile projects. He enjoys working through large scale model making.
- Rohullah Kazemi - BA (Hons)
Rohullah is a RIBA Part I graduate from Kingston University. Since joining Jonathan Tuckey Design in October 2014, he has assisted on a variety of projects, including the Gasholders at King’s Cross, Quellhurst, a project in the South Downs National Park and Woodstock Studios, a rooftop apartment in Shepherd’s Bush. Rohullah enjoys the process of designing through precise model making.
- Atif Butt - Accounts Manager
Atif has many years of experience working both in accountancy practices and directly with small businesses, and deals with all aspects of financial accounting, from book-keeping, credit control and payroll functions through to management reporting and year ends.
- Sarah Warner - Studio Manager
Sarah joined Jonathan Tuckey Design in June 2014 as our Studio Manager. She received her Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the California State University, Northridge, and has an extensive background in event management.
- James Brittain - Photographer
Photographer James Brittain is a Montreal-based photographer who specialises in architecture and interiors. Jonathan Tuckey Design has been working with James since 2000 during which time he’s photographed such projects as Woodstock Studios, Collage House, Fire Nightclub, Halbhaus, Rothaus, Shadow House and Doyle Gardens.
- Dirk Lindner - Photographer
Cologne based photographer Dirk Lindner comes from a portraiture background and now specialises in architectural photography. Jonathan Tuckey Design started working with Dirk in 2010 and he’s since photographed such projects as Yew Tree House, Submariner’s House, Shadow House and Wilberforce Primary School.
- Ioanna Marinescu - Photographer
Ioana Marinescu is a London-based architectural designer and photographer. Jonathan Tuckey Design worked with her in 2013 when she photographed the Frame House.
We are currently looking for a Part I architectural assistant to join us in our West London office. We are looking for a pro-active candidate, who can demonstrate a passion for working with existing buildings and for making a contribution to the future of the practice.
Jonathan Tuckey Design works on a variety of existing and new buildings, and in a variety of mediums. Model making at all scales is integral to us as a practice. We make beautiful handmade models from timber, plaster, metal, paper and card. Applicants will need to demonstrate a high proficiency and alignment with this model making ethos in their portfolio.
We seek applicants with the following qualifications, qualities and experience:
excellent and proficient model maker – please provide examples of models in your application
confident, with good communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team
proficient at using Photoshop and producing rendered images
excellent design and presentation skills, including hand drawings
able to use CAD, Vectorworks preferred but not essential
prior experience working in a practice helpful
Applications should be concise and bound and sent to our London office.
Digital applications will not be accepted.
Applicants should also enclose a covering letter demonstrating interest in our practice and suitability for the role.
We have enjoyed wide press coverage and received numerous accolades including:
Don’t Move, Improve! (Egg), Shortlist 2018
Open House London (The Yard House & Egg), 2016
MR PORTER, The World’s Best Dream-Home Architects (1 of 5), 2016
AJ Small Projects (Egg), Shortlist 2016
The Leading 100 Interior Designers, House & Garden 2015
Open House London (Doyle Gardens), 2015
Grand Design Awards (Frame House), Finalist 2014
RICS South West Awards (Yew Tree House), Finalist 2014
RICS Building Conversation Award (Frame House), Shortlist 2013
Blue Ribbon Award (Submariners House) Finalist, 2013
House & Garden ‘100 leading interior designers’, 2012
AJ Small Projects (Wilberforce Primary School), Shortlist 2012
Andermatt Swiss Alps, Shortlist 2011
Best remodelled historic building – Grand Designs Award 2009, Winner
Financial Times ‘1 of 3 Architects to watch’, 2008
Courvoisier ‘Future 500’, 2008
Best remodelled historic building – Grand Designs Award 2007, Winner
International Designer 2007, House & Garden
Wallpaper ‘The world’s most innovative practices’, 2006